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A trip to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, the land of springs and waterfalls


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Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province is located in Zagros Mountains, in northwestern part of Iran. In view of high altitude and having considerable amount of snow, the province is home to numerous natural tourist attractions in the form of rivers, jungles, waterfalls and springs.

 

When is the best time to visit Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province?

 

Best season to travel to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province is end of spring and summer, the nature is in its most beautiful shape and you can soak up the atmosphere of fresh weather when many other Iran cities are spending a hot season. Bakhtiari Nomads who emigrate to cold areas in summer set up their tents in pristine nature and their hospitability can be a highlight for your trip, you can stay with them for hours, eat their dairy products and apart from the spectacular scenery, you will have the rare opportunity to camp in a remote part of rural area and experience local life in its un spoilt state.

 

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Despite the advantages of traveling to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in summer, you can have many other experiences in other seasons as well.

 

Chelgerd ski resort (90 k.m. far from Shahrekord and 200 k.m. far from Isfahan) in winter attracts many skiers from all over Iran.

 

And Fritillaria in Koohrang  area (100 k.m. far from Shahrekord) is one of the main destinations for travelers in April and May.

 

It is not easy to offer a specific plan for visiting Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, it wouldn't be a cultural tour with determined destinations. I have visited this province several times and nature always had something to surprise me, I mean it is enough to just go for a wonder around, drive through nature deeper and Wow! you will see a waterfall or spring you haven't seen before.

 

I'm going to offer an itinerary which I have offered to different travelers and they have enjoyed it. It is practical for everybody not just professional climbers or adventurers, and it also planned short enough as a rest after visiting many UNESCO or historical parts.

 

An itinerary to visit Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari beauties:

 

Best place you can start the tour is Isfahan, Isfahan is a main destination when you visit Iran and fortunately it is close enough to the breathtaking province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

 

So, we start the tour from Isfahan at 8:00 a.m., after driving 100 K.m. you'll arrive in beautiful Saman city. Saman is located in the border of Zayandeh rood river, so it is a green city with fresh air and the farms are full of Almond and Walnut trees.

 


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Saman has few bridges on top of Zayandeh Rood River's path but the most famous yet older one is Zamankhan Bridge. Expect walking around the river, taking photos and having picnic, there are some extra activities like zip line from one side of the river to the other side and rafting in roaring waters is really exciting and passing through farms, gardens, local's houses makes it more special.

 

After Saman we will go to Dimeh Spring, it is 96 k.m. far from Saman. Dimeh spring is one of the richest water sources of the world and it is very useful for teeth and considered as a medicine for Kidney stone.

 

 
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IIn this cold and fresh water you can see lots of fish breeding pools and it gives you the best offer for the lunch, a very tasty fish Kebab (barbecue).

 

 

 
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Near the river there is a huge land that Bakhtiari Nomads celebrate their weddings there, if you were lucky to be there in right time, you would watch their colorful ceremony and group dancing.


 

 
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After lunch and rest in the beautiful landscape it is time to go to Koohrang tunnel (waterfall), Koohrang tunnel is a human made path to gather different water sources and join them to Zayandeh rood river. And thanks to gravity, drops fall down sharply and make a mesmerizing scene with a special sound.



 
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Near Koohrang there are many clean suites for staying at night and the sound of the waterfall at the silence of the night and also the pleasant weather encourage tourists to rest the night there.

 

You can start the second day with a delicious breakfast near the waterfall's altars and then drive 12 k.m to marvelous Sheikh Ali Khan waterfall.

 

Sheikh Ali Khan waterfall is an amazing natural attraction and it is famous for hiking, bird-watching and sightseeing.

 

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Chama Cave (Ice Cave) is the next interesting phenomena which is Located in deep valleys and snow accumulation of several years in this cave has made tick and strong ice and snow masses to remain permanently in all seasons.

You should check the situation before going there, sometimes the height of the water in cave is too high for visiting.

lands and mountains of this province are best place for Paragliding and similar sports.

 
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It is time to drive to the wonderful village of Sar Agha Seyyed to eat a homemade tasty lunch and spend time with locals to see their in-depth life.

 

"Sar Agha Seyyed" is located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, its houses are all adorns and the windows and doors of all houses open to green land. Sar Agha Seyyed is a village with a hilly architecture. The adobe houses are packed one above another in a way that the roofs of the lower houses form the yard or a small pass-way for the upper ones. In the past, the village was one of the Bakhtari nomadic bungalows and most of residents are Bakhtiari Nomads as well. If you pass through the village in June, you can still see

nomadic emigrants from Khuzestan to Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari.

 

 
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You can enjoy wild, delightful nature with green orchards, water springs, and a refreshing mountainous climate and after rest for a few hours, you can drive back to Isfahan.

 

What is the souvenir of this area?

 

Due to rich nature, many people especially in villages are farmers or ranchers and agriculture and animal products like honey, curd, almond, walnut, dries cherry are considered as the souvenir of this area.

 

Bakhtiari Carpet, Kilim and felt products have their own clients too.

 

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Other places worth to be visited in this landscape:

 

Do-polan, Karoon dam, Dareye Esgh, marvelous Atashgah waterfall, choghakhor lagoon, Pire Ghar, Siasard spring, Helen protected area, Barm spring, Sendegan spring, Tang Sayyad national Park, Parvaz national park, Sarab cave, Gandoman wetland and so on.

 

 
 
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